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Larson Announces $1.2 Million Grant for Southington Fire Department

October 12, 2021
Press Release

Southington, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that the Southington Fire Department was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. 

Southington Fire Department 

Left to right: Town Manager Mark Sciota, Fire Chief James Paul, Jr., Rep. Larson, Firefighter Daniel Comen, Governor Lamont, Assistant Chief Eric Heath, Fire Commission Chair Nathan Wilson, Fire Commission Vice Chair Christine Shanley-Buck, behind her is Battalion Chief Glenn Dube, and last is Commissioner John Moise

“The SAFER grant will allow the Southington Fire Department to bolster staffing capabilities during the week at Station 3, a time when it can be more difficult to deploy volunteer firefighters. Now, three fire stations will be fully staffed in the Town of Southington,” said Larson. “I want to thank Fire Chief James Paul, Assistant Chief Eric Heath, and the staff for their tireless work during the competitive grant process. I was proud to lend my support in Washington for their application and stand with Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to advocate for this critical funding.”

“The men and women who become firefighters, either as a career or as volunteers, do so with a selfless sense of duty to protect their communities and we owe it to them to ensure they have the resources they need to get the job done. I commend the true team effort involved in the Town of Southington securing this grant and, of course, Congressman Larson for his steadfast support of our first responders,” said Governor Ned Lamont. 

“Our firefighters and first responders have been among our heroes during this pandemic and have never stopped responding to calls throughout this crisis. Day in and day out they put their lives on the line to protect our communities. These federal funds will help ensure Southington’s Fire Department has the necessary staffing to keep our families and communities safe,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal.   

“Each day they put their uniform on, firefighters risk their safety and their lives for their communities,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. “This grant will help to cover a critical shortage of volunteer firefighters’ availability in that district, improve service delivery to the town and improve upon the safety of first responders and Southington residents. I want to thank Congressman Larson, along with Senators Blumenthal and Murphy for supporting our state’s local firefighters and securing these funds.”

“The Southington Fire Department is excited to accept the SAFER grant for three firefighter/EMT positions, which will enhance the department’s ability to provide daytime coverage to the south end of town Monday through Friday. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Congressman John Larson and his staff, the Board of Fire Commissioners, Town Manager Mark Sciota, the Town Council, and the Board of Finance, who supported the additional staffing. These added positions will improve the department’s ability to provide fire and rescue services to our community,” said Southington Fire Chief James Paul, Jr. 

“We are grateful for the support the department received to pursue and ultimately be awarded this SAFER grant. As we know, this is a very competitive grant process and feel very fortunate to be able to bring on three new career firefighters to our ranks. These positions will enhance the current staffing of our combination fire department comprised of dedicated career and volunteer personnel,” said Assistant Fire Chief Eric Heath.